SEEGL AT HAYLING ISLAND
The third SEEGL regatta was held on 1st February 2020 at Hayling Island, hosted by Eastney Cruising Association.
Highlight of the day was the mens super vets romping home in the second race, featuring some splendid "oar flipping".
The location and the set up for the regatta were excellent, and the event saw first SEEGL appearances for Langstone PGC, teams from the Royal Navy, as well as the hosts ECA.
LEWES PILOT GIG CLUB CONFIRMED FULL MEMBERS OF THE CORNISH PILOT GIG ASSOCIATION
At the CPGA Annual General Meeting at Saltash on 19th January 2020, Lewes Pilot Gig Club were ratified as full members of the CPGA and given the membership number 85. Ratification was possible following the arrival of our wooden gig, Irene, in the summer, completing the CPGA requirement of ownership of a wooden gig. We will be taking Irene to the Isles of Scilly in May 2020 for the world championships.
RACING AT THE POND
It was a great disappointment that the second SEEGL regatta on 18th January 2020 at Richmond hosted by London Cornish PGC had to be cancelled. The River Thames was flowing too strongly following heavy rains. Instead crews took to the water at Piddinghoe to race against each other in Billy and Walter. Much tea was drunk.
OUR FIRST SOUTH EAST OF ENGLAND
On 4 November 2019 we hosted our inaugural South of England League Regatta at Bewl Water in Kent.
Four local clubs competed and we came third overall, winning one race and coming second in another.
Gary Budd, founder of Lewes Pilot Gig Club summed up the day perfectly: "It was an incredible event for our rowers, with new members experiencing the very best side of the sport - the emotion, the excitement of winning and the camaraderie when crews have trained and give it their all together."
WALTER AT THE POND
Walter Hicks arrived at the club in September 2019 as part of the CPGA's "Club in a Box" scheme to help fledgling gig clubs to get going. The gig is named after the founder of St Austell Brewery who sponsor the scheme. Korev, which is discretely written on the side is the brewery's lager. Walter will be with us for a year.
Gary Budd, founder, wowed audiences on BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live, and interest in the club spiked at the beginning of January. You can catch the show here.
Check out the first poem about our club written by resident rowing poet, Mike Bell.
Read by cox Gary Budd. It'll make your heart sing
TELLING OUR STORY
BBC South East came along to Piddinghoe last month to check out our brand new club with big ambitions. Reporter Charlie Rose led the stroke and caught the Gig Rowing bug. And there's more: Our Glorious Leader, Chairman Gary Budd was on Radio 4's Saturday Live on January 5th.